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Father Schall on Nietzsche and Europe, rulers and servants

Catholic World News - April 19, 2011

In a perceptive essay on the decline of Europe and the crisis of democracy, Father James Schall traces the enormous influence of Nietzche, who taught that philosophers should rule rather than serve.

The message of Christianity--that rulers should be servants--directly contradicts Nietzsche. But in Europe today, the influence of Nietzsche is more evident. "The invisible rulers of modern Europe, and not a few visible ones, do not want to acknowledge any Christian roots to Europe," Father Schall observes.

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